A digital caliper is one of the most useful accessories to a 3D printer. With a caliper in hand you can ensure you’re going to end up with accurate replacement or upgrade parts. Some Skeinforge guides even suggest using calipers to assist in calibrating your printer. The guys over at Buildlog.net have put together a short guide with some tips and tricks for using your digital calipers.
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Large and clear LCD readout.
The ZERO/ABS key allows the display to be Zero-Set at any slider position along the scale for incremental comparison measurements.
The In./mm key instantly converts from Imperial to Metric (or vice versa)
Measuring Range Max:6″
Instrument Accuracy ±:0.001″
Lower Scale Measuring Range:0-6″/0-150 mm
Expected battery life: 3.5 years
Made in Japan
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Another good writeup on uses of calipers: